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Dwele Sketches of a Man

MySpace and YouTube references aside, Dwele seems like a throwback to Marvin Gaye’s and Bobby Womack’s days, a time when R&B was about feelings, not choreography and AutoTune software. On Sketches of a Man, he traverses a wide range of emotional geography, from break-up songs (“Free as a Bird”) to philandering songs (“I’m Cheatin’”) to party songs (“Feels So Good”) to good ol’ romance songs (“Love Ultra”). On “A Few Good Reasons,” he declares, “Got me outside with no umbrella and it’s raining/But I don’t mind the wetness/ It’s cool!” The Detroit urban soul man’s sound has already survived the “neo-” tag; Sketches of a Man makes it clear his longevity relies more on talent than trendiness.

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